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Granada Adventure $1295 • Morocco Add-on $600
Register now and pay 4 payments (Feb-May) of $323.75 for Spain,
or $473.75 for Spain PLUS Morocco
$200 deposit secures your spot
Includes lodging, ground transportation, all activities, guides, admissions to museums and attractions, lessons, classes, and daily breakfast. Excludes airfare, travel insurance, restaurant meals, souvenirs and gratuities
Granada is an incredible place to explore the history and culture of Spain. Flamenco music and dance is a living art here, and tapas culture is still alive in ways you won’t find in other regions of Spain. It’s not far from the coast and sits next to the Sierra Nevada mountains and a vast national park.
Granada was also the last stronghold of the Moors in Spain, so you can experience both cultures in one city.
Here you can stroll through the manicured gardens of the Alhambra palace, relax in the pools of a splendid hammam, and witness the living, breathing Moorish culture of the Albaicín neighborhood.
But Granada is also a place where you can experience traditional Spanish culture. We’ll visit streets lined with tapas bars, take in the sumptuous Granada Cathedral, sip sangria at a live Flamenco performance, and hike between the White Villages of Las Alpujarras in the Sierra Nevada mountains.
Your 7d/6n Granada Adventure
Note: I usually manage to squeeze in a few delightful surprises at the last minute, and sometimes the order of events changes, but these are the activities I definitely plan to include.
Day 1: Arrivals
You’ll be met at the airport and driven directly to our shared house in Granada, where you can settle in and relax. Depending on what time everyone arrives, we may be able to squeeze in an activity or a walk, and we’ll go out for our first Spanish dinner together.
Day 2: Walking Tour & Tapas
We’ll learn more about Granada by walking the streets, especially in the historic areas of town. We’ll visit the Cathedral, see some of the city’s beautiful plazas, and nibble a variety of tapas for our dinner.
Day 3: Alhambra and Albaicín
We’ll enjoy a guided tour of the rambling gardens and 9th-century Moorish architecture of the Alhambra palace, widely considered the most important remnant of Islamic rule in Spain. On our way home, we’ll stroll through the Albyaicín neighborhood, a romantic maze of narrow streets filled with Moroccan-style shops. We’ll try some authentic Moroccan food for dinner.
Day 4: Beach & Snorkeling
Day 5: Hiking in the Sierra Nevada
To really get a feel for Spanish life, we’ll need to leave the city and see what the mountain villages are like. We’ll take a public bus into the Alpujarras, or “white villages” in the Sierra Nevada mountains. Here we can stroll from one village to the next, have lunch in an outdoor cafe, and enjoy breathtaking views.
Day 6: Flamenco and Hammam
A brief flamenco class will give us an insider view of the passionate art and music that flourish in this region. We’ll spend our afternoon soaking in the luxurious pools of the Hammam (baths are included; you can choose to add a massage or body scrub at your own expense). In the evening, we’ll see a professional Flamenco show with live music.
Day 7: Departures/Free Day
This is departure day for anyone who isn’t staying for the Morocco add-on. For everyone else, it’s a free day to explore, shop, or schedule your own activities.
5d/4n Overland Morocco Extension
If you choose to stay for the Morocco extension, you’re in for a remarkable adventure. We’ll be traveling by land and sea, and getting intimately acquainted with some of the best of Moroccan culture.
Morocco Extension Itinerary
Day 8: Travel to Tangier
We’ll see lots of Spanish landscape on this travel day. We’ll take either a train or bus from Granada to the town of Algeciras on the Southern coast (about 4 hours) and then we’ll take a ferry across the Straits of Gibraltar. You’ll get to see Africa rising up from the horizon as we approach Tangier, where we’ll spend the night.
If it’s at all possible, I hope we can stay at the historic Continental Hotel, where Winston Churchill used to paint on the sun deck.
Day 9: Kasbah & travel to Chefchaouen
We’ll visit the Kasbah of Tangier in the morning, and then you’ll enjoy views of the Moroccan countryside as we ride in a modern, comfortable bus to the famous Blue City of Chefchaouen. By evening you’ll be having dinner in the plaza, surrounded by the haunting Call to Prayer of the many mosques.
Day 10: Hiking in the Rif mountains
We’ll go by taxi to a trailhead in Talassemtane National Park. Depending on the fitness level and interest of the group, we’ll either hike to a waterfall or to a spectacular land bridge. After our hike, we’ll have free time to explore the village.
Day 11: Return to Granada
Spend the day organizing your photos, updating your travel journal, or just gazing out the window as we make our way back to Granada (or, if you have a flight out of a different airport, we can make other arrangements for you).
Depending on everyone’s departure times, we might break up this travel day by stopping for the night before we arrive in Granada.
Day 12: Departures
After one last night in Spain, I’ll make sure everyone gets safely to the airport.
Hi, I’m Lauren Haas, the founder of Indie Travel Guru.
In May of 2013, I sold everything I owned and started traveling the world with all my possessions in a backpack. It’s been an incredible journey, and now I’m beginning to share the world with small groups of women who want to see it the way I do.
I love to walk, hike, take local transportation, get involved in local life, and learn about cultures from the inside out, through arts, food, music, dance, and culture. Come join me for an unforgettable adventure!
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Testimonials from past trips
Lauren made me feel comfortable and safe traveling to a part of the world I had never been to previously. The personal experiences she shares regarding being a smart traveler and her cultural knowledge are valuable.
She is friendly, a good problem solver, respectful of personal space/time, and fun. I would definitely travel with her again. Read more “Safe, comfortable, and fun!”
Lauren, our host, was a charming ambassador for Morocco; I don’t see how anyone could provide a better experience than she did for our group consisting of eight strangers (soon to become friends).
Thank you, Lauren, for planning such a wonderful trip and sharing so many fabulous experiences. Looking forward to your future retreats. Read more “I don’t see how anyone could provide a better experience”
Lauren was a fantastic host —wonderful, full of life, giving, trustworthy and a ton of fun! Even though the stay was only a week long, we got such a beautiful, well-rounded immersion in the culture…
What this is not: your standard trip. We saved money along the way and got a fantastic cultural voyage. I can wholeheartedly recommend this experience and I will most definitely be joining Lauren again in the near future. Read more “A well-rounded immersion in culture”
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